Lebeq Tavern Courage to tackle the Wayne Rooney clan in Sunday showdown
MANCHESTER United and England striker Wayne Rooney will have a keen interest in the result of the FA Carlsberg Sunday Cup quarter-final between Lebeq Tavern Courage and Oyster Martyrs at Bristol Manor Farm on Sunday (2pm) because his family are associated with the Liverpool-based club.
Set to lead the Oyster attack is his cousin Tom Rooney, whose father Richie (Wayne's uncle) is the coach, while his brothers John and Graham both played for the team until recently.
"Wayne does occasionally turn up to watch us, but stays in the background and does not get involved," said Oyster's secretary Patrick McNulty, a founder-member of the club in 1974, whose son Neil is team manager.
"We do not know much about Lebeq, but we will respect them as they have reached the final before."
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Lebeq face a daunting task against the runaway leaders of the Liverpool Sunday League Premier Division, who have been champions four of the last five seasons.
Oyster also won the National Sunday Trophy in 2011, having been beaten finalists two years earlier and reached the semi-finals last season.
Lebeq secretary George Philipou is confident the Bristol Sunday League title holders can cause an upset after battling from behind to snatch victory in two earlier rounds.
"This will be the hardest game we have ever played, but our manager, Owen Smith, and the team are really up for it," said long-serving secretary Philipou.
"Oyster probably have a better team than us, but if we win this game, we can go all the way to the final again."
Aaron Wilson captains the Lebeq side from midfield, with leading scorer Dominic Holver the main threat in attack, while Clevedon goalkeeper Lee Matthews will have to be in top form to keep the visitors from Merseyside at bay.
Ruby Baggs, of St Nicholas Ladies, has been suspended by the Gloucestershire FA for three Sunday matches from February 16 for violent conduct in the South West Women's League game against Poole Town on January 23.
Other Saturday bans: Luke Westwood (AEK Boco) three matches, violent conduct; Russell Woodford (Oldland Abbotonians), three matches, violent conduct; Hanin Romdhane (Bitton) denying a goal by handball.
The Post Star Match between South Bristol Central and Hillfields Park Baptist in the quarter-final of the GFA Minor Cup tomorrow has been switched to Ironmould Lane, Brislington (2pm).